Marrying and moving, hopefully.  


Nicholas Johnson
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05/04/2018 6:51 am  

 Hi all! I found this group on the all knowing Google and thought that this would be good community for me to join as I am planning on marrying an Irish citizen and hopefully sooner rather than later moving to Ireland. I've already visited a few time and I loved it. The area I stayed in (Galway) was really similar to where I grew up in the US and I am madly in love with my fiancee so it seems like a win win to me. 

About us: I'm a 31 year old machinist (with a side of mechanical design and engineering) specializing i. The set up, programming and operation of computer controlled machining centers.

Her: 35 year old mother of 3 and homemaker, with a drop dead gorgeous smile and the best sense of humor I've ever known. Also a dual UK and Irish citizen.


The information I am hoping to finf is related to marriage and immigration. Specifically how getting married (in the US) will affect my status in Ireland, whether or not its a valid marriage under Irish law, and my rights to employment in Ireland. Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

As far as marrying in the US goes it seems that since she doesn't plan on staying here that it should be fairly simple, I just hope I'm not misding something. I'd like to go back to Ireland with her immediately afterwards if possible but have come up empty or just haven't looked in the right places yet.

Thanks for reading and I hope to be an active participant here!

Prominent Member Admin
Joined: 6 years ago
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11/04/2018 5:51 am  

Welcome @unsupervisedadult It's good to have you here. Looking forward to hearing more as your move progresses

Kristin Rogers
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19/04/2018 6:22 pm  

Marriage in the US works for Irish residency stuff. (I married my Irish spouse in Ireland, but I am pretty sure if it's a legal marriage in whatever jurisdiction it works).

They make a big deal of the stamp 4 residency not being automatic, and you do have to prove that you're married, living together and aren't showing up intending to live off the state.

We're hoping to go back later this year, and I think it will be fine, but I wish I could apply for the residency before we actually pull up stakes and go over...


Amanda Alty
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Joined: 5 months ago
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03/05/2020 8:18 am  

Hi All!

I'm very grateful to have found this site and forum. Thank you all for your insight; it has been so helpful!

I'm a U.S. citizen and met my Irish fiance last year. We are engaged and going through the Notification to Marry process. Neither of us is able to travel currently because of COVID-19, but we are planning to marry in September in a civil ceremony. Our Notification to Marry meeting and Marriage of Convenience meeting will be held at the same time.

I have a couple questions and hope you will be able to help:

1. Does the Marriage of Convenience take into account the number of physical meetings? My fiance and I met while I was on vacation to Ireland, which has been my only visit so far (again, COVID-19 has made reuniting very difficult) and my fiance has been to the U.S. once to visit me. We've spoken on the phone every day since we met for hours each day and know how much we love each other. Will the interview take into consideration that we have only been physically together on two trips?

2. Will it count against us if we haven't lived together in the past? Honestly, the only reason we haven't is because neither of us is a citizen of the other country.

I'm sure I will think of many other questions--I am currently completing the Notification to Marry document by post.

I know many of you probably understand how difficult it is having the other half of your heart on the other side of the world! We are optimistic that our marriage will prove to be legitimate but want to make sure we have all our ducks in a row.

Thank you again!